Sustainable Agriculture Sciences Harpenden

TitleSustainable Agriculture Sciences Harpenden
TypeScience Department
InstituteRothamsted Research
HeadSteve McGrath
Executive AssistantSally Murdoch

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Wheat growth responses to soil mechanical impedance are dependent on phosphorus supply

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Wang, X., Shen, J., Hedden, P., Phillips, A. L., Thomas, S. G., Ge, Y., Ashton, R. W. and Whalley, W. R. 2021. Wheat growth responses to soil mechanical impedance are dependent on phosphorus supply. Soil & Tillage Research. 205, p. 104754. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.still.2020.104754

Using a Crop Model to Benchmark Miscanthus and Switchgrass

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Akkari, M. E., Ferchaud, F., Strullu, L., Shield, I. F., Perrin, A., Drouet, J. L., Jayet, P. A. and Gabrielle, B. 2020. Using a Crop Model to Benchmark Miscanthus and Switchgrass. Energies. 13 (15), pp. 3942-3954. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13153942

Effect of Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria on the Growth of Wheat Seedlings Subjected to Phosphate Starvation

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Cataldi, M. P., Heuer, S., Mauchline, T. H., Wilkinson, M. D., Masters-Clark, E., Di Benedetto, N. A., Corbo, M. R. and Flagella, Z. 2020. Effect of Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria on the Growth of Wheat Seedlings Subjected to Phosphate Starvation . Agronomy. 10 (7), p. 978. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10070978

A strategy for modelling heavy-tailed greenhouse gases (GHG) data using the generalised extreme value distribution: Are we overestimating GHG flux using the sample mean?

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Dhanoa, D., Louro-Lopez, A., Cardenas, L. M., Shepherd, A., Sanderson, R. and Lopez, S. 2020. A strategy for modelling heavy-tailed greenhouse gases (GHG) data using the generalised extreme value distribution: Are we overestimating GHG flux using the sample mean? Atmospheric Environment. 237, p. 117500. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2020.117500

Changes of nitrogen deposition in China from 1980 to 2018

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Wen, Z., Xu, W., Li, Q., Han, M., Tang, A., Zhang, Y., Luo, X., Shen, J., Wang, W., Li, K., Pan, Y., Zhang, L., Li, W., Collett, J. L., Zhong, B., Wang, X., Goulding, K. W. T., Zhang, F. and Liu, X. 2020. Changes of nitrogen deposition in China from 1980 to 2018. Environment International. 144, p. 106022. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2020.106022

Multitrophic interactions in the rhizosphere microbiome of wheat: from bacteria and fungi to protists

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Rossmann, M., Perez-Jaramillo, J. E., Kavamura, V. N., Chiaramonte, J. B., Dumack, K., Fiore-Donno, A. M., Mendes, L. W., Ferreira, M. M. C., Bonkowski, M., Raaijmakers, J. M., Mauchline, T. H. and Mendes, R. 2020. Multitrophic interactions in the rhizosphere microbiome of wheat: from bacteria and fungi to protists. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 96 (4), p. fiaa032. https://doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiaa032

Crop Sequence Generator (Version v1.0)

J - Computer programs
Metcalfe, H. 2020. Crop Sequence Generator (Version v1.0). Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3751018

Spatial Modelling of Within-Field Weed Populations - a Review

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Somerville, G. J., Sonderskov, M., Mathiassen, S. K. and Metcalfe, H. 2020. Spatial Modelling of Within-Field Weed Populations - a Review. Agronomy. 10 (7), p. 1044. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10071044

What is a good level of soil organic matter? An index based on organic carbon to clay ratio

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Prout, J. M., Shepherd, K. D., McGrath, S. P., Kirk, G. J. D. and Haefele, S. M. 2020. What is a good level of soil organic matter? An index based on organic carbon to clay ratio. European Journal of Soil Science. pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10/1111/ejss.13012

Global Research Alliance N2O chamber methodology guidelines: Recommendations for 2 deployment and accounting for sources of variability

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Charteris, A., Chadwick, D. R., Thorman, R. E., Vallejo, A., De Klein, C. A. M., Rochette, P. and Cardenas, L. M. 2020. Global Research Alliance N2O chamber methodology guidelines: Recommendations for 2 deployment and accounting for sources of variability. Journal of Environmental Quality. https://doi.org/10.1002/jeq2.20126

Moving Away From Limiting Similarity During Restoration: Timing of Arrival and Native Biomass Are Better Proxies of Invasion Suppression in Grassland Communities

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Yanelli, F. A., MacLaren, C. and Kollmann, J. 2020. Moving Away From Limiting Similarity During Restoration: Timing of Arrival and Native Biomass Are Better Proxies of Invasion Suppression in Grassland Communities. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 8, p. 238. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2020.00238

Spatial prediction of the concentration of selenium (Se) in grain across part of Amhara Region, Ethiopia

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Milne, A. E., Gashu, D., Lark, R. M., Ameded, T., Bailey, E. H., Chagumaira, C., Dunham, S. J., Gameda, S., Kumssa, D. B., Mossa, A. W., Walsh, M. G., Wilson, L., Young, S. D., Ander, E. L., Joy, M. R. B. ., McGrath, S. P. and Broadley, M. 2020. Spatial prediction of the concentration of selenium (Se) in grain across part of Amhara Region, Ethiopia. Science of the Total Environment. 733, p. 139231. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.139231

Soil health—useful terminology for communication or meaningless concept? Or both?

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Powlson, D. S. 2020. Soil health—useful terminology for communication or meaningless concept? Or both? Frontiers in Agricultural Science and Engineering. https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FASE-2020326

A green eco-environment for sustainable development - framework and action

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Liu, X., Xu, W., Sha, Z., Zhang, Y., Wen , Z., Wang, J., Zhang, F. and Goulding, K. W. T. 2020. A green eco-environment for sustainable development - framework and action. Frontiers in Agricultural Science and Engineering. 7 (1), pp. 67-74. https://doi.org/10.15302/J-FASE-2019297

Predicting the growth of lettuce from soil infrared reflectance spectra: the potential for crop management

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Breure, T. S., Milne, A. E., Webster, R., Haefele, S. M., Hannam, J. A., Moreno-Rojas, S. and Corstanje, R. 2020. Predicting the growth of lettuce from soil infrared reflectance spectra: the potential for crop management. Precision Agriculture. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11119-020-09739-x

Using Functional Traits to Model Annual Plant Community Dynamics

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Metcalfe, H., Milne, A. E., Deledalle, F. and Storkey, J. 2020. Using Functional Traits to Model Annual Plant Community Dynamics. Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.3167

Spatial and Temporal Stability of Weed Patches in Cereal Fields under Direct Drilling and Harrow Tillage

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Izquierdo, J., Milne, A. E., Recasens, J., Royo-Esnal, A., Torra, J., Webster, R. and Baraibar, B. 2020. Spatial and Temporal Stability of Weed Patches in Cereal Fields under Direct Drilling and Harrow Tillage. Agronomy. 10 (4), p. 452. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10040452

Time-intensive geoelectrical monitoring under winter wheat

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Blanchy, G., Virlet, N., Sadeghi-Tehran, P., Watts, C. W., Hawkesford, M. J., Whalley, W. R. and Binley, A. 2020. Time-intensive geoelectrical monitoring under winter wheat . Near Surface Geophysics. https://doi.org/10.1002/nsg.12107

Long-term agricultural research at Rothamsted

B - Book chapters etc edited externally
Macdonald, A. J., Poulton, P. R., Glendining, M. J. and Powlson, D. S. 2020. Long-term agricultural research at Rothamsted. in: Bhullar, G.S. and Riar, A. (ed.) Long-term Farming Systems Research - Ensuring Food Security in Changing Scenarios Academic Press Inc Elsevier Science. pp. 15-33

Arguments surrounding the essentiality of boron to vascular plants

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
McGrath, S. P. 2020. Arguments surrounding the essentiality of boron to vascular plants. New Phytologist. 226 (5), pp. 1225-1227. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.16575

Change in hydraulic properties of the rhizosphere of maize under different abiotic stresses

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Wang, D., Gao, Y., Li, M., Sturrock, C. J., Gregory, A. S. and Zhang, X. 2020. Change in hydraulic properties of the rhizosphere of maize under different abiotic stresses . Plant and Soil. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11104-020-04592-3

Long-term analysis from a cropping system perspective - Yield stability, environmental adaptability, and production risk of winter barley

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Macholdt, J., Styczen M. E., Macdonald, A. J., Piepho, H-P. and Honermeier, B. 2020. Long-term analysis from a cropping system perspective - Yield stability, environmental adaptability, and production risk of winter barley . European Journal of Agronomy. 117, p. 126056. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eja.2020.126056

Farmyard manure applications stimulate soil carbon and nitrogen cycling by boosting microbial biomass rather than changing its community composition

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Ma, Q., Wen, Y., Wang, D., Sun, X., Hill, P. W., Macdonald, A. J., Chadwick, D. R., Wu, L. and Jones, D. L. 2020. Farmyard manure applications stimulate soil carbon and nitrogen cycling by boosting microbial biomass rather than changing its community composition . Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 144, p. 107760. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2020.107760

Physical properties of a sandy soil as affected by incubation with a synthetic root exudate - strength, thermal and hydraulic conductivity, and evaporation

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Zhang, W., Gao, W., Whalley, W. R. and Ren, T. 2020. Physical properties of a sandy soil as affected by incubation with a synthetic root exudate - strength, thermal and hydraulic conductivity, and evaporation. European Journal of Soil Science. pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejss.13007

Bacterial and archaeal taxa are reliable indicators of soil restoration across distributed calcareous grasslands

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Armbruster, M., Goodall, T., Hirsch, P. R., Ostle, N., Puissant, J., Fagan, K. C., Pywell, R. F. and Griffiths, R. I. 2020. Bacterial and archaeal taxa are reliable indicators of soil restoration across distributed calcareous grasslands . European Journal of Soil Science. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejss.12977

A multivariate method for matching soil classification systems, with an Australian example

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Teng, H. F., Viscarra, Rossel, R. A. and Webster, R. 2020. A multivariate method for matching soil classification systems, with an Australian example. Soil Research. 58 (6), pp. 519-527. https://doi.org/10.1071/SR19320

Wheat dwarfing influences selection of the rhizosphere microbiome

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Kavamura, V. N., Robinson, R. J., Hughes, D., Clark, I. M., Rossmann, M., De Melo, I.S., Hirsch, P. R., Mendes, R. and Mauchline, T. H. 2020. Wheat dwarfing influences selection of the rhizosphere microbiome. Scientific Reports. 10, p. 1452. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-58402-y

Estimating the soil water retention curve - comparison of multiple nonlinear regression approach and random forest data mining technique

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Rastgou, M., Bayat, H., Mansoorizadeh, M. and Gregory, A. S. 2020. Estimating the soil water retention curve - comparison of multiple nonlinear regression approach and random forest data mining technique. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 174, p. 105502. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compag.2020.105502

Effect of free swelling index on improving estimation of the soil moisture retention curve by different methods

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Javanshira, S., Bayat, H. and Gregory, A. S. 2020. Effect of free swelling index on improving estimation of the soil moisture retention curve by different methods. Catena. 189, p. 104479. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2020.104479

UK aphid migration percentiles, covariates and model outputs from the Rothamsted Insect Survey's 12.2 m suction-trap network: 1965 to 2018

N - Datasets
Bourhis, Y., Bell, J. R., Van Den Bosch, F. and Milne, A. E. 2020. UK aphid migration percentiles, covariates and model outputs from the Rothamsted Insect Survey's 12.2 m suction-trap network: 1965 to 2018. Rothamsted Research. https://doi.org/10.23637/rothamsted.979yv

A comparison between water uptake and root length density in winter wheat: effects of root density and rhizosphere properties

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Whalley, W. R., Zhang, X., Whalley, P. A., Ashton, R. W., Evans, J., Hawkesford, M. J., Griffiths, G., Huang, Z. D., Zhou, H. and Mooney, S. J. 2020. A comparison between water uptake and root length density in winter wheat: effects of root density and rhizosphere properties . Plant and Soil. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11104-020-04530-3

Development of a compost system for the study of plant-microbe interactions

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Masters-Clark, E., Hirsch, P. R., Clark, I. M., Paradelo, M. and Mauchline, T. H. 2020. Development of a compost system for the study of plant-microbe interactions . Scientific Reports. 10, p. 7521. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-64249-0

An ecological future for weed science to sustain crop production and the environment. A review

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
MacLaren, C., Storkey, J., Menegat, A., Metcalfe, H. and Dehnen-Schmutz, K. 2020. An ecological future for weed science to sustain crop production and the environment. A review. Agronomy for Sustainable Development - ASD. 40, p. article 24. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13593-020-00631-6

Miyabeacin: A new cyclodimer presents a potential role for willow in cancer therapy.

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Ward, J. L., Wu, Y., Harflett, C., Onafuye, H., Corol, D. I., Lomax, C., Macalpine, W. J., Cinatl, J., Wass, M. N., Michaelis, M. and Beale, M. H. 2020. Miyabeacin: A new cyclodimer presents a potential role for willow in cancer therapy. Scientific Reports. 10, p. 6477. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-63349-1

An evaluation of automated GPD threshold selection methods for hydrological extremes across different scales

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Curceac, S., Atkinson, P. M., Milne, A. E., Wu, L. and Harris, P. 2020. An evaluation of automated GPD threshold selection methods for hydrological extremes across different scales. Journal of Hydrology. 585, p. 124845. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.124845

In depth metagenomic analysis in contrasting oil wells reveals syntrophic bacterial and archaeal associations for oil biodegradation in petroleum reservoirs

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Sierra-Garcia, I. N., Belgini, D. R. B., Torres-Ballesteros, A., Paez-Espino, D., Capill, R., Neto, E. V., Gray, N. and Oliveira, V. M. 2020. In depth metagenomic analysis in contrasting oil wells reveals syntrophic bacterial and archaeal associations for oil biodegradation in petroleum reservoirs. Science of the Total Environment. 715, p. 136646. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136646

The effect of competition on the control of invading plant pathogens

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Sharp, R.T., Van Den Bosch, F. and Shaw, M. W. 2020. The effect of competition on the control of invading plant pathogens. Journal of Applied Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13618

Atmospheric reactive nitrogen concentration and deposition trends from 2011 to 2018 at an urban site in north China

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Luo, X., Liu, X., Pan, Y., Wen, Z., Zhang, L., Kou, C., Lv, J. and Goulding, K. W. T. 2020. Atmospheric reactive nitrogen concentration and deposition trends from 2011 to 2018 at an urban site in north China. Atmospheric Environment. 224 (March), p. 117298. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2020.117298

Short-term changes in soil pore size distribution : Impact of land use

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Jensen, J. L., Schjonning, P., Watts, C. W., Christensen, B. T. and Munkholm, L. J. 2020. Short-term changes in soil pore size distribution : Impact of land use. Soil & Tillage Research. 199, p. 104597. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.still.2020.104597

Discerning the difference between lumens and scalariform perforation plates in impeding water flow in single xylem vessels and vessel networks

A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Gao, Y., Yang, Z., Wang, G., Sun, J. and Zhang, X. X. 2020. Discerning the difference between lumens and scalariform perforation plates in impeding water flow in single xylem vessels and vessel networks . Frontiers in Plant Science. 11 (March 20), p. Article 246. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2020.00246